TV SHOW REVIEW: NIKITA (2010)
Nikita is a trained Assassin gone Rouge trying to stop a secret U.S. agency known only as Division for trying to requite deeply troubled teenagers and train them to be Assassins.
Starring Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, Aaron Stanford, Melinda Clarke, Xander Berkeley
I’ll be the first to freely admit that the only reason I started watching this show was because of the endless promo of Maggie Q in a killer red bikini kicking some serious butt. I’ve had a crazy crush on Maggie Q since I first saw her in Mission Impossible 3 so I was an easy sell. All that being said, I’m no fool, this property had been done 3 times now (La Femme Nikita 1990 French original, La Femme Nikita TV series 1990s series, Point of No Return American Remake) and the chances of it doing any exciting or interesting were decidedly low. I didn’t expect much outside of some mindless entertainment. For the first handful of episodes that pretty much what it delivered, nothing terrible complex outside of a seemingly indestructible Nikita foiling Division’s plans on a weekly basis, it was enjoyable but just generic fast food. Around the mid point of the season something funny happen, the mythology of the show expanded. The supporting cast (Fonseca, West, Stanford & the wonderful Melinda Clarke) really found their footing and the characters were fleshed out. Maggie Q was totally in her element right from the start but once the story and supporting characters followed suit it become so much better. The latter half of the first season is just full of wonderful pulp melodrama and secret spy intrigue. Twist and turns abound as it all comes to a raucous finale that sets up the next season, hopefully it’s renewed, extremely well. There are a handful of drawback of course, as mentioned the start of the series is pretty formulaic even with Maggie Q strong presence and it’s the type of show that doesn’t want you to think about anything for too long otherwise you’d find plenty of logical gaps and happy coincidences to rack your brain. Then again you are watching a show that about a super secret government agency, so how hard you want to think about any of this is up to you. That being said it’s really one of those shows that surprise you as it goes on and is worth picking up whenever it hits video.